Male Birth Control May Be Available Soon
Male Birth Control…wouldn’t that be nice.
For centuries, the only male birth control option has been condoms or the old “pull-out” method (No!). Really, the only viable alternative has been vasectomy, but that is obviously not a procedure to be taken lightly, and one that many men would never consider.
According to Broadly, a research team at the University of Minnesota led by Dr. Gunda Georg may be on the brink of a new breakthrough in male contraception in a non-hormonal pill form. They have narrowed down a “test compound” that seems to be the basis of what will hopefully soon become “the pill” for men.
“The research on hormonal methods of male birth control involving testosterone has been going on for decades, but nothing has come to market,” Dr. Georg told Broadly. “We’re now focusing on non-hormonal approaches.”
Testosterone has been researched for years as a male contraceptive, but it has been found not to work in up to 20% of the male population, and also has negative side effects like weight gain, and a reduction in good cholesterol. To be a viable solution, male birth control would have to available in a non-hormonal pill form, be safe to take for long periods of time (possibly decades), and not lead to a diminished sex drive among many other factors. As Dr. Georg pointed out in a recent statement, “that’s a very high bar for bringing a male contraceptive to market.”
The ultimate goal here would be to take some of the burden off of women who have to religiously take the pill, or can’t take it at all due to health reasons. It would also help to empower men, and drastically reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies.
To me, male birth control seems like it has been a long time coming! Women have had a contraceptive in pill form available for what now? Nearly a century? And we’re just now getting around to it in man form? I think it’s time for women to be able to look at a guy and say “Are you on the pill?” before there next sexual encounter!
What are your thoughts?
Originally published at www.desiredmag.com on March 16, 2016.